September 9, 2013

Pingree unhurt as boat crash injures three

Her financier husband is treated and released as the harbor collision of a water taxi and pleasure boat is investigated.

By Scott Dolan
Staff Writer

and Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

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The damaged Miss M, a 20-foot Grady White Overnighter, is docked at Portland Yacht Services in Portland on Sunday. The Miss M and a water taxi collided Saturday night, injuring three people, including Portland financier S. Donald Sussman.

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, was a passenger on a water taxi that collided with a pleasure boat Saturday night in Portland Harbor, injuring three people. Her husband, S. Donald Sussman sustained a head injury and numerous cuts and bruises in the crash.

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McCann said that between dusk and dawn, boats are required to illuminate at least red and green lights on their port and starboard bow and a white light on the stern. Water taxi pilots are required to be licensed.

McCann said he did not know how fast the boats were moving.

If anyone is found to be at fault, the Coast Guard is the agency that would file charges, he said.

Both the Bay Express and Miss M were able to return to shore in Portland under their own power, officials said. The Bay Express was moored at DiMillo’s Marina and the Miss M at Portland Yacht Services, the Coast Guard said.

The owner of Portland Express Water Taxi, Capt. Gene Willard, could not be reached by phone at the taxi service Sunday and did not respond to an email.

None of the passengers aboard the Bay Express or the Miss M could be reached for first-hand accounts of the crash. Ritch said Pingree did not want to comment beyond the prepared statement he released on her behalf.

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